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    The Military Is Developing a 'Close Combat Assault Ration' Up to 40% Lighter than an MRE

    MREs are not heavy- they are bulky. I wonder what the new stuff will taste like.

    As the U.S. military prepares for future fights that may see units dispersed and on their own for extended periods of time, it needs new, lighter rations that will keep troops fueled for the mission.

    The Army's Combat Feeding Directorate in Natick, Massachusetts is working on solving that problem now. Scientists are prototyping a "close combat assault ration'' containing an assortment of nutrient-dense energy bars that may augment the standard-issue meals, ready to eat -- MREs -- or even replace them.

    "This is a ration that's designed to be extremely lightweight and compact," Lauren Oleksyk, team leader for Food Engineering, told Military.com in an interview earlier this month. "Some of the first prototypes will be field-tested in the near future. The bars that we're looking at for that ration are not necessarily full meal-replacement bars, but [we're] using a technology for drying and compression that would enable us to make a full meal-replacement bar if needed."


    That moisture-reduction technology is good for a serious decrease in weight. In the lab, she said, Natick scientists have been able to reduce the weight of individual components by anywhere from 40-70%. The goal, she said, is to achieve an overall weight reduction of 40%, allowing troops to carry more food without increasing their combat load. A similar reduction in volume by compressing the packaging is also possible, she said.
    I would be fine with the meal replacement bars or even paste. When I was in the field food was a tool, not something to enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    The Military Is Developing a 'Close Combat Assault Ration' Up to 40% Lighter than an MRE

    MREs are not heavy- they are bulky. I wonder what the new stuff will taste like.



    I would be fine with the meal replacement bars or even paste. When I was in the field food was a tool, not something to enjoy.
    That's crazy talk. One of the only things to enjoy in the field is food. We got extremely good at mix and matching the MREs to come up with some pretty delicious meals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    The Military Is Developing a 'Close Combat Assault Ration' Up to 40% Lighter than an MRE

    MREs are not heavy- they are bulky. I wonder what the new stuff will taste like.



    I would be fine with the meal replacement bars or even paste. When I was in the field food was a tool, not something to enjoy.
    I'm fascinated by MREs. There's a YouTube channel where the guy reviews MREs from around the world, as well as historical rarions from here. It's oddly fascinating, lol.

    My dad would bring home C-rations sometimes when I was a kid. We thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pickle View Post
    That's crazy talk. One of the only things to enjoy in the field is food. We got extremely good at mix and matching the MREs to come up with some pretty delicious meals.
    I never made my MREs into a meal. I would cut a slot in the main course and basically squeeze it into my mouth and get it done. I never used the heaters to heat food up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    I never made my MREs into a meal. I would cut a slot in the main course and basically squeeze it into my mouth and get it done. I never used the heaters to heat food up.
    Man you let some good eats go by... We got so good at it that we would make them for our girls... They thought we were amazing chefs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    I'm fascinated by MREs. There's a YouTube channel where the guy reviews MREs from around the world, as well as historical rarions from here. It's oddly fascinating, lol.

    My dad would bring home C-rations sometimes when I was a kid. We thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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